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Not being the cook in the family I don’t often reach for the spices, but my husband does regularly. Fortunately my love for organizing trumps my confusion in the kitchen.

I hated the way our spice containers were all different shapes & sizes and in those rare occasions where I use them, it would take a long time sifting through to find the spice I needed.

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This rolling end cabinet that the spices were in wasn’t working either, so I cleared out a drawer for the spices.

My two priorities with this project were to have matching containers and easily identifiable labels.

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STEPS:

First step is to create the new labels, which will go on the lid of each new spice jar. This Spice Container Labels word document download is what I used for my Container Store clear spice jars in the link above. I made a label for each of the spices I currently had (many of which I couldn’t even pronounce!).

Print these on label sheets (I really like the Avery ones listed above).

Now the labels need to be cut to fit the lids. If you have a circular paper cutter (from scrapbooking or the like), I recommend using it so that it will make an even circle. If not, you can always trace the top your new lids on your printed labels and cut them out (if you trace, flip over your Avery paper to the back to trace with a pencil so that the pencil marks don’t show).

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Place each label on the lid of each new spice jar.

Once all your new spice jars are labeled, transfer the spices in to the new jars. To make it a little less messy (be warned …. it’s still going to be messy!), I used a piece of paper as a makeshift filter.

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Now if you want to get REALLY fancy (which I didn’t), you can alphabetize all your spices!

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May your spices be organized and you’re easily able to pronounce all of them!

 

 

 

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It’s always smart to store the essentials in your trunk, JUST incase!

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

As the seasons change, it always seems like the right time to re-organize, re-fresh, re-clean.

Ummm..actually, who am I kidding. I do this daily. I don’t need a weather change as a prompt.

But our car was in need of some major cleaning out and organizing after a summer of road trips and camping. The first area I’m tackling is the trunk! I like to keep essentials in a nice organized manner in the event that ‘something’ happens. Hopefully I won’t need these items, but as the saying goes ‘better safe than sorry.’

 

Here are my top 10 trunk essentials 

1 Extra BlanketI store an old blanket that doesn’t really match any of our bedrooms. It’s come in handy to use as an extra blanket camping and when we go to outdoor concerts. And in the event that we had a real emergency, it’s wise to have extra blankets available.

2 Several Garbage Bags | These have been really useful to prevent the car from getting dirty – putting our dirty boots in post hiking trip and transporting plants in from Home Depot. Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

3 Water & Food I store two water bottles and a couple bags of nuts in the event that we need food or water. I’ve heard that it’s bad to keep plastic water bottles in a hot car for long periods of time. Yet in the event that we had a real emergency I figured that it would be better to have bad water than no water at all. We’ve also used the water for cleaning up spills.

4 Cleaning Spray & Paper TowelsWith the amount of road trips that we take, we do a lot of eating in the car, thus lots of spills and crumbs. Cleaning supplies have come in handy quite often!

5 Extra TowelIt’s great to have as a buffer between the car seat and anything else. We’ve put them on the seats when we’ve had dogs in our car. These specifically came in handy after a canoeing trip when I felt out of the canoe and was soaking wet. (Which was my last canoeing trip)

6 First Aid KitI make sure it’s stocked with a lot of band-aids of different sizes, as I tend to get blisters easily. Especially with more outdoor summer activities!

7 Extra Grocery BagsI can’t count the number of times on my hand when I went to the grocery store and forgot my plastic bags. Ugh. I always keep a couple in the trunk, just in case.

8 Flash LightMake sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk! Believe it or not, I’ve actually used the flashlight for extra light to put on make-up in the car before going out to dinner. Obviously not the intended reason for the flashlight, but it did come in handy 🙂 .

9 Small Umbrella | I live in Seattle. No further explanation needed.

10 Trunk OrganizerThis is the one I purchased to put all our items in. I love it and highly recommend it because: 1) it’cheap. 2) it can expand or shrink in size (we all know that trunk space is valuable so I love the options this organizer has). 3) it has Velcro on the bottom so it stays put! No worrying about things in the trunk moving around.

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Any other essentials that you store in your trunk?

 

 

 

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

 

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

 

 

Make sure you've always got these 10 items stored in your trunk at all times! Don't worry, these trunk essentials WON'T take up your entire trunk!

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The last time I lived in a college dorm was my sophomore year of college, over 13 years ago. Starting my junior year, I moved to an off campus house with girlfriends and said goodbye to dorm life by throwing away my shower sandals & caddy in exchange for a bedroom without bunk-beds and a shower that wouldn’t cause foot fungus. Who would have thought over a decade later a shower caddy would be one of my best morning routine time savers?

So before I indulge you in explaining my seemingly juvenile bathroom accessory, let me assure you that I don’t still use shower shoes 🙂 .

The toiletry caddy idea originated after my husband and I purchased our first condo 5 years ago in Chicago. This was the first time that we lived in a two bathroom home. I typically wake up earlier during the weekdays and according to him I make A LOT of noise getting ready in our master bathroom. I offered to use the guest bedroom in the morning, but our guest bathroom was super small and didn’t have drawers for all my toiletries. I ended up making MORE noise each morning trekking my toiletries from our master bath to the guest bath. Poor Joe couldn’t get any sleep in the mornings.

So I started throwing all my toiletries in an extra shower caddy …..

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Here’s what you need to make your own shower caddy organizer:

Since you can’t create a toiletry caddy without a caddy, that will be your first step. Mine is so old that I can’t find it online anywhere, but here, here and here are a couple good options. My preference is plainer the better as I find that too many compartments and gadgets sometimes make organizing HARDER!

Next pull out all your toiletries that you use on a daily basis. (I’m not talking about the super hold hairspray that you only use on a Saturday night.) Put all your day-to-day toiletries in a row from most used to least used, left to right. (this isn’t 100% necessary, but it IS kind of entertaining). In the event that you don’t have room for everything, those items on the right won’t make it in the caddy. And I’ll admit it. Toothbrush wasn’t the furthest left for me 🙁 .

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Remember all those make up bags you get with your free gift at department stores? Put them to use by storing your makeup inside!

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Same thing for cotton balls & q-tips.

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For any of my toiletries that are rather large (mouthwash, I’m looking at you), I transferred in to smaller Container Store clear container. For the mouthwash I went for a tall narrow container in order to optimize the most room in my caddy. The small white one? Baby powder ( = my version of dry shampoo). Take a look back up at the photo of all my toiletries to see how often I use it 🙂 .

Now all you need to do is make a little room under your sink to store your shower caddy once you’re finished getting ready in the morning!

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Note that I don’t put my straightener, curling iron or hair dryer in my caddy. I just don’t use these everyday and don’t have room.

The benefits of using the shower caddy:

  • I can easily transfer to any of our bathrooms to get ready in (I HATE sharing a bathroom in the morning)
  • All my toiletries that I need are right in front of me (therefore no sifting through drawers)
  • It makes me reduce the number of random products that I use in the morning
  • Storage is easy underneath any bathroom sink cabinets


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here’s the scoop to what those really organized people do regularly to keep them so organized!

The most important things you can do each day! Learn what the most organized people do daily!I think of myself as a pretty self aware person. I know my Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!strengths and weaknesses. For example, baking is not a strength of mine as evident of this #pinterestfail. I’ll let you guess which one is mine. —->

What I lack in operating an oven, I hopefully make up in organizing. I’m not perfect, but I do love it and am intentional about how I spend my time. I came up with 10 ‘principles’ so to speak that I try to follow:

1 Make a List and Check it Twice

FREE your mind (and the rest will follow) …. Literally. Yes, we all make to-do lists. That’s a given. But the uber organized write down EVERYTHING. No matter how small in order to get it off their mind. Yes, you’re smart and yes, you may have an awesome memory. Yet, if you’re taking up space in your mind remembering tiny details, you’re likely not able to focus on the task at hand. Whether you’re an electronic gal like me (Wunderlist and Todoist are awesome apps) or a paper gal, have a place where you write down things that pop up. My phone comes with me to bed (and it’s not just because it’s my alarm clock) 🙂 . If it’s on my mind before I go to bed it gets typed in my phone.

2 A Home for Everything

I’m not going to go crazy and say you can’t have a junk drawer or two, but everything in your home should have … well a home. Clutter adds chaos. Not only should everything have a home, but that home should make sense. For example, my coffee cups are in the cabinet directly above my coffee machine so it makes getting coffee in the morning easier (which is fabulous because I drink about 5 cups of coffee a day). I also spend 10 minutes at the end of the day, cleaning out my ‘junk spaces’ and putting those items back in to their home. Although I may allow for a junk basket to throw things in, I don’t allow the items to say in there long. Otherwise I really don’t need them … which leads me to #3.

3 No Unnecessary Clutter

That old rule ‘if you haven’t used it in 6 months it has to go’ is in full swing. Organized people don’t have unnecessary STUFF hanging around their house that they don’t use, even for that magical ‘rainy day’. Everything has a place and everything has a purpose. As a self declared pack rat, it took me a little while to get onboard with this. When my husband, Joe, and I first moved in together 5 years ago, we both owned our own toasters. I had a near nervous breakdown when he said we couldn’t keep both. “But if one breaks, then we’ll have an extra” was my justification. Well 5 years later the wining toaster (his) still hasn’t broke. And yes, I got rid of mine. Thus the list of 100 Things to Throw Away NOW was created.

4 Love Mornings!

Yep, you knew this one was coming. You may not be a morning person; no one is telling you that you need to get up before the sunrise, BUT …. you should be intentional about what you do in the morning. Have a plan. For example, the age old statement that organized people make their bed every morning does have merit. But don’t limit it to that. Something as simple as taking out dishes from the dishwasher can set the tone for the day. For me I wipe down our kitchen counters every morning. I hate crumbs and it’s oddly calming to get home after a long day at work and know my kitchen doesn’t look like a mess. I also try to wake up an extra 10 minutes early (it’s totally doable… it’s 10 minutes!) just so I don’t feel like I’m rushing in the morning. Nothing makes me feel more disorganized than a morning scramble.

5 Break Down Big Projects

Large projects can be overwhelming and stressful. And most of the time the stress isn’t helpful in feeling organized or efficient. For example I’m hosting out of town guests in a couple weeks. Since that’s not really a to-do list item, I break it down in to categories such as itinerary, cleaning, groceries. Then under each of those categories I will list the action items I need to do. So for groceries my action items are:

  • Make a list of the groceries we need for the weekend
  • Check the kitchen to see which of those items I already have
  • Go to the grocery store to purchase the remaining items

Yes, this isn’t brain surgery. But the sooner you do this, the easier it is to prevent last minute fire drills and stress.

6 An Organization System That’s Realistic

You can have the fanciest newest app or prettiest binder with as many tabs as your heart desires, but if it’s not realistic to maintain you might as well skip it completely. For the longest time I was the queen of this. Not the princess, the QUEEN. I’d spend hours transferring all my to do items over to my newest system. At the end I feel like I conquered the world. But actually I didn’t accomplish anything. And most of these were so rigorous that I couldn’t keep up and I’d fail within a week. Sadly, it would have been a better use of my time to color code my sock drawer.

Learn the top 10 things organized people do on a regular basis. Easy to implement and will make you more organized instantly!7 Do it Now

Organized people want to act and get things done. Why put off for tomorrow what can be done today? This ensures that your to do list doesn’t pile up unnecessarily. Something as little as bringing dirty laundry down from the bedroom to the laundry room as you’re walking past this room saves time and effort later on. We have a 3 story townhouse (yes, this my way of exercising) and I have a rule that I never walk up or down a flight of stairs empty handed.

8 Prioritize the Things You NEED to Get Done

Over the things you ‘want’ to get done. There’s always things on our to-do list that we just aren’t excited about. Well, find that thing and do it today. Get it off your mind and checked off your list. You’ll feel so much better and you won’t spend time dreading it. I learned this lesson the hard way. For me it was calling a plumber. Our toilets were making really weird noises (literally sounded like this) and my husband was really busy with a work project so I got the job of handling it. I just didn’t want to deal with it. Not my wheel house. I actually put doing laundry ahead of the toilet. Well, by the time I finally called a plumber the problem had gotten so much worse and cost us a lot more money to fix. Tough. Lesson. Learned. Ugh.

 

9 Planning

This is another cliche organizing word. But it’s true. Organized people not only figure out what they need to accomplish today, but in to the future. For example, I try to go grocery shop every Saturday morning. By looking ahead at my calendar I realized I needed to bring a present to our friends’ son’s birthday party in three weeks. The grocery store is near Target = one trip out instead of two. I just saved myself at least an hour or two making a separate trip.

10 Multitasking is so 2016

More and more us type A people like to boast that we’re always multitasking. We’re doing so much at once. Aren’t we amazing? But seriously. Yes, you may be doing a couple things at once, but how well are you doing any of them? And how long did it take you to complete those things? Ever try to just buckle down and do one thing at a time? So a slightly embarrassing confession: I’ve been known to get on a stair climber, drink a glass of wine while responding to emails and watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Let’s just say, I definitely didn’t burn any calories and it I had to reread each email about 3 times before I could respond. Now wine & Real Housewives is multitasking I’ve definitely mastered 🙂 .

 

 

 

 

 

 

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